Well, UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer once said Jones would be the Muhammed Ali of MMA, so perhaps comparing him to Michael Jordan is just another way to say "Hey, this guy is pretty damn good."
Blessed with a six-foot-four frame and a freakish athleticism that runs in the family (his brother Arthur plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens), Jones, 24, brings a set of skills the UFC could only dream of in its early days of eye-gouging and head butts. His moves – spinning elbows, flying knee kicks – seem like the stuff of kung-fu flicks, and yet he's just as deadly on the ground. Urijah Faber, one of MMA's biggest stars, says Jones could become the Michael Jordan of the sport. "I don't really know what to say to that," Jones says as a trainer adjusts the ice on his feet, which are nearly broken from all the punishing kicks delivered to Jackson. "I don't want to sound cocky, but I do hold myself in high regard."
"Bones" has every reason to hold himself in high regard.
Not only has he blown through the 205-pound division with relative ease, he's done it against the top of the food chain. The next man to try his luck at solving the unorthodox riddle will be Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto.
Would slaying "The Dragon" convince you he's the Air Jordan of caged combat? Or not yet? Who's holding out for the Rashad Evans fight before passing judgement?